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About AstroSylv1

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  1. The story behind this is that I hate not using some gears, and in the ZAO set, the 6mm is the only one I use a lot. As for the refractor, I use a lot more my Tak FC 100 DL... barely that 80mm...
  2. Hi there, This is definitely my craziest ad ever : I am looking for a trade where I would send my ZAO II set (with barlow, with walnut case and purple velvet bag) AND my genuine refractor Zeiss AS80/840 with accessories (finder, SFO filter, M44 extensions) for a very recent AP 130 GTX. I barely use the ZAO II’s except the 6mm, and I use a lot more my Tak 4” frac than the Zeiss 80mm, by far. It will be better if they see more stars in another home than mine. Thanks, S.
  3. Hi there, I picked up all units from SkyMeca, and two pieces are left now. Let me know if you're interested.
  4. Hi there, with the Baader system, you need an additional ring from M44–> T2, and then only their QCA, which is thinner / weaker. Skymeca made a M44 QCA directly, heavy duty, based on the design of the original one that came with my Zeiss refractor. So, in the end, cheaper than Baader solution. Skymeca have 5 pieces left of the hybrid (stainless steel male part with aluminum female part). Send me a private message if you are interested, it costs 90 euro + shipping costs from France, I am just the messenger and dispatcher since Skymeca don’t handle requests outside of France (due to language barrier).
  5. Hi everyone, For those of us who own and use a Zeiss Telementor, Telemator, or other Zeiss scope equipped with an M44 output thread, with accessories in M44 (like a Zeiss diagonal), there was, back then, as an option, a quick coupling solution, with M44 threads, and a circular dovetail system. It helps positioning and rotating the diagonal in the direction we want. Otherwise, it is not easy since it is screwed in. Baader have a similar solution based on M44/T2 adaptor rings, which is less practical than a native M44 coupling. I asked a turner/miller in France, SkyMeca, who is specialised in astro gears, to take measurements of my original one, and to come up with a similar version : one is full aluminum (cheaper) and one version is an hybrid alu/stainless steel (avoid thumb screw marks). It's a long story/discussion on CN forum, and now, the project is completed. If some of you are interested, SkyMeca can make some again, here are some photos. For questions, let me know, within limits, I am not a seller, I was helping the astro community and was the interface between SkyMeca and astro amateurs. We got 10 pieces produced and all are on the way to their owner.
  6. Price can be discussed of course, or I can put a bottle of French wine in the package too
  7. Hello there, I am selling a big pair of binoculars from Zeiss: CARl ZEISS JENA 80 x 500 /20x - 40x binoculars with tripod and case. The binocular is the civilian version of a military scope from the GDR military. Objective lens diameter is C-type 80mm and focal length of this binocular is 500mm. Included is the original tripod and wooden storage case. The halfpancratic eyepieces give 20x magnifications (f = 25 mm; field of view 2.5 °, corresponding to 44 m to 1000 m) and 40x (f = 12.5 mm; field of view of 1.25 °, corresponding to 22 m to 1000 m ). I Got them cleaned, regreased and collimated properly by Joerg K. at Wellenform in Germany. The total weight is about 22kg without packing material. There are small paint chips on the body and one major indent/chip of paint missing. Nothing wrong to the lenses. Due to the age there is minimal wear to the exterior of the binoculars, nothing that is considerable. Please look closely at all pictures. Please ask if you have any questions about the product. CAUTION : READ THIS BEFORE planning to buy them, shipping is possible but it is my worry, because any big shock or too heavy vibrations for a long time could cause an out of collimation. One prism was slightly out of collimation when I got them, merging at 20x was easy but I had troubles merging the view at 40x. Now they work perfectly, Wellenform has done a great maintenance job, it is the company that APM uses to upgrade their binos if you buy their « upgraded » version. I have the invoice for the job done, but it will mean not much if the transporter is not cautious and if the binos arrive out of collimation. Give me your e-mail address, for more photos. Price is 1500 euro and then add : shipping costs will be somewhere between 100 and 200€ depending on the country of destination, I will use UPS or DHL or Fedex. I do not take any responsibility if they arrive de-collimated. Pick them in France at home and it is 200 euro cheaper, since I don't need to find any bubble wrap, box, nor driving 50km to go to DHL... clear skies Sylvain
  8. Looks like a super early version, number being 10576 (105 is on all of them, then EDT or EDF version, then serial number). Looks rather good condition, you can tell by the bag (genuine also), usually this bags wear off quickly at the handle. If there is no scratch, paint missing, shocks or whatever, it sure is a great looking one, early though. The most desired ones are the latest ones, but you could still ending up selling it for 4500 USD to American astronomers, and maybe 2800 euro to European astronomers (somehow, our friends in America are willing to put more money for this made in USA scope, when Europeans tend to pay less since it competes with Takahashi or other top brands.) The last one I saw was sold at the AP dealer in France for 2800euro, second hand, and it took them months to sell it. But on American websites, they barely stay 1 day, even at 5000USD. But shipping this may be risky...
  9. Hi there, I used to have one, indeed excellent scope, almost regret selling it. In Europe, it goes for somewhere between 2500 and 3000 euro, but in the US, of in excellent condition, you could sell it for 4000-5000 USD depending on accessories and generation (hence the serial number). Already the paint can give you a hint : shiny polished black paint (older) or pebble feeling (latest). if you have the original case, rings, dovetail plate, etc, it is the minimum required. Post some photos here, we can help you with that.
  10. Hello there, In order to get a good feeling of what it’s like to do some stargazing from a labeled dark sky reserve area, some members of our local astronomy club have spent a full week in Saint-André-Capcèze, Lozère district, right between Villefort and Génolhac), at the guesthouse « Au Portaou » (www.au-portaou.com). Since the owners of this guesthouse can speak fluently English, German, Dutch and French (she’s from Belgium, he is from Germany) please have a look and feel free to go there a week or a couple of days, you will be impressed by the sky quality, and pleased by the warm welcoming B&B. As for the sky, we had not seen such a dark sky, nor this level of seeing since our trip to Chile last year, amazing. Because of the weather conditions, not every night was fully successful, but still, we had a fantastic week. The area where we have settled the scopes has a South, South-East orientation, and we had way enough space for 5 scopes, including 2 dobsonians of 400mm and 2 of 250mm. Full darkness was achieved thanks to the total absence of any artificial light, no street lamp, no parasite light bulbs of any kind, nothing... only The city of Alès, 40 to 50km south, could bring a faint light halo on the horizon. SQM was definitely and consistently over 21, easily. We had to use our head torches in order to walk around since we could not see each other’s in the dark, almost scary ? !! We are no longer used to this level of darkness, especially at our usual spots. In the middle of the night, the Milky Way had arisen enough to see it from one side of the valley to the other side, completely, gorgeous with a lot of contrast. Personally, I had never seen so many details in M101, I could keep on magnifying and pushing on M53, and had never seen so much contrast on M92 or simply on M3. In total, I observed a list of about 40 objects, from tight doubles to the brightest Messier’s, and of course many galaxies from the NGC catalog in Virgo or Coma B in this season. All in all, a fantastic sky, very clear and transparent, with a good seeing, and barely no light pollution (only this Alès halo, very faint). In the guesthouse, every single attention of the owners was making us feel like VIP guests : old and well restored house, excellent food from Patricia, the owner, Hans, her husband made some space in a small cellar so that we could store our chairs and gears during the day, etc... I totally recommend this place and this area. If only light pollution was down to this level all over France, especially in the North East where I live ! For sure we will go there again next year !
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